Spiced pumpkin, caramel and apples all seem to be flavors that come to my mind when I think about the fall. All dessert recipes seem to feature these ingredients in some variation or another! One of my favorite combinations is a moist, spiced pumpkin cake layered with cream cheese frosting. This year I decided to up my pumpkin spice cake game and layer in delicious caramel buttercream between the cake layers. This spiced pumpkin cake with caramel frosting tastes like heaven in every bite!
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the best at baking cakes or decorating them. But whether you’re an expert or a novice, I encourage you to give this cake a try because like me, you’ll probably surprise yourself with a beautiful cake! Not to mention, the ingredients make this cake super moist when baked correctly. Here are some tips for baking cakes perfectly every time:
- Follow the recipe: Baking is a science and without the correct amounts of ingredients you’ll really screw things up quickly and waste your time. Always measure properly, sift when it asks you to sift, and have your ingredients at the proper temperature.
- Don’t open the oven: As temping as it may be, do not open the oven to check on your cake! Perhaps this is a good time to give your oven window a good cleaning! Opening the oven can let cool air in and force the center of your cake to sink.
- Cool your cakes completely before removing from the pan: Sometimes it is tempting to remove a cake from a pan before it is totally cooled, but do NOT even try this! You’ll probably end up breaking the cake and causing a bigger problem. PLUS you can’t frost a warm cake anyway so you probably should just be patient. You can speed up the process by putting the pans on a cooling rack or even placing them briefly in your refrigerator.
Now that you have the tips, you can make your cake! Use two tround pans to bake the cake, be sure to butter, flour and line them with parchment paper. Another tip is to not overmix the ingredients as your cake will turn out tough and dry. When you’re ready to make the frosting and decorate, make sure that your butter is at room temperature for easy whipping. And of course, decorate your cake as you see fit. Have fun with it and grab some seasonal sprinkles at the store and let your kids help!
This cake is best served chilled with a cup of hot coffee. You’ll be happy to paired the two together!